By Nasri Alexander - 13 August 2019Views : 2751
Vigilantes have killed and burnt a murder suspect near Hazyview, Mpumalanga after a teen's body parts were found in his fridge.
The 13-year-old went missing on Saturday at Alexandria Trust, Marite, and the community immediately took matters in to their own hands, opening up a search party for the boy.
Later, the community discovered his body near a dam in the area.
"It is then that two boys informed the community that they spotted the boy walking with the man, who is well-known in the area. They (the community) then apparently hunted the man down, brutally assaulted him and set him alight. He died on the scene," Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.
"The incident is suspected to be a retaliation by the community after the murder of a 13-year-old boy, whose body parts were found hidden in a fridge at the man's house."
The provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, warned members of the community against such acts of mob justice.
"Vigilantism will not be tolerated nor accepted as a way of dealing with crime, anyone found to have participated in such acts, will be arrested and face the full might of the law," said Zuma.